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  • mid-air collision in France, 29 July

    https://france3-regions.francetvinfo...s-1519368.html

    "Selon des témoins, deux autogires, sortes d'ULM motorisés et dotés d'hélice, se sont percutés en vol à hauteur de la commune de Saint-George-de-Rex, au milieu de parcelles de blé. Au sol, on distingue à peine les deux carcasses des appareils qui se sont embrasés après le choc."

    "According to witnesses, two autogyros, a kind of ultralight with a rotor, crashed into each other in flight above St-George-de-Rex, in the midst of wheat fields. On the ground, it was difficult to tell apart the remains of the two machines, which caught fire after the impact" (apologies for my meager translation skills).

    I had never heard of an in-flight collision of two gyros before...
    Last edited by Tyger; 08-04-2018, 09:01 AM.

  • #2
    The president of RAF-Canada, Dan Hasseloh, was killed in a collision with another gyro in 1987.

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    • #3
      Here's some more info using google translate on the news link from http://gyroaccidents.blogspot.com/ (thanks to Steve_UK).

      Two gyrocopters crashed in the south of Deux-Sèvres causing two casualties
      Click image for larger version  Name:	Crash Scene.jpg Views:	1 Size:	188.1 KB ID:	1136355


      The tragedy took place on the morning of Sunday, July 29th. Two gyrocopters, a kind of ULM with propeller, crashed in the town of Saint-Georges-de-Rex (79). The pilots of both aircraft died.
      By Yleanna RobertPosted on 29/07/2018 at 14:34 Updated on the 30/07/2018 at 11:35
      It is a dramatic aircraft accident that took place around 11am this Sunday, July 29 in the Deux-Sèvres.

      According to witnesses, two gyrocopters, a kind of motorized and propelled ultralight ULM, crashed into flight in the commune of Saint-George-de-Rex, in the middle of plots of wheat. On the ground, the two bodies are scarcely distinguishable from the devices that ignited after the impact.

      Firefighters and gendarmes were quickly alerted. The Mayor of Saint-Hilaire-la-Palud, Dany Brémaud, says:

      "We had an alert concerning a crash of aircraft that crashed. When we arrived there, there was nothing left to do, it was nothing more than smoking carcasses. The pilots of both gyroplanes are dead.
      An investigation was opened by the gendarmes of Frontenay-Rohan-Rohan to know the reasons for this tragedy. It should be taken over by the brigade of gendarmerie of air transport, based in Bordeaux".
      Last edited by Jerry_Forest; 08-05-2018, 06:39 PM.
      GYRO JERRY

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      • #4
        Many years ago, Ed Alderfer was involved in a gyro-to-gyro midair. Ed managed to bring his craft down safely, but the other gyro pilot did not.

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        • #5
          Doug,

          Do you recall when/where? Simply curious. Ed gave me my first gyro ride at the Brookville, Ohio PRA convention in '91 in his SxS AC.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by C. Beaty View Post
            The president of RAF-Canada, Dan Hasseloh, was killed in a collision with another gyro in 1987.
            Hard to find much information on that one, but it seems like it was more like 1998?

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            • #7
              I think you’re right, -1998 sounds more like it.

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              • #8
                Bryan: I don't recall where Ed's accident took place. IIR, he was flying his TRAG --a triple-masted tank of a tractor gyro with a Scorpion body. Its beefy construction may have saved his life (he seemed to have nine of them).

                Ed gave me one of the check rides and signoffs I needed to become a gyro BFI. I flew with him, both in his SxS gyro and in formation with him in mine, a few times at flyins. Heck of a nice guy.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Doug Riley View Post
                  Bryan: I don't recall where Ed's accident took place. IIR, he was flying his TRAG --a triple-masted tank of a tractor gyro with a Scorpion body. Its beefy construction may have saved his life (he seemed to have nine of them).
                  https://sites.google.com/site/stingr...ctor-gyroplane

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                  • #10
                    That's the one.

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                    • #11
                      Alderfer accident:

                      http://planecrashmap.com/plane/oh/N63EA/

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